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Cambodia’s killing fields

 The Big Issue Australia 18 November 2019

Some 17,000 people are said to have been killed at Choeung Ek, Cambodia, during the vicious four-year rule of Pol Pot and his army of henchmen, the Khmer Rouge. The former Chinese cemetery became one of Cambodia’s notorious Killing Fields in the years 1975-79 and now stands as a warning of the barbarity humans are capable of. Rod Myer of The Big Issue Australia confronts the legacy of evil in what is now the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre, and compares it to his experiences of visiting Auschwitz in Poland. (1553 Words) - By Rod Myer

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Tourists look at skulls on display at the memorial stupa filled with more than 8,000 skulls of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime at Choeung Ek, a "Killing Fields" site located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh July 24, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea

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Tourists look at skulls on display at the memorial stupa filled with more than 8,000 skulls of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime at Choeung Ek, a "Killing Fields" site located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh July 24, 2019.Photo: REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea


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